Picture Lights can be used to enhance your artwork and will greatly increase your enjoyment of your individual pieces. Various sizes and finishes are available so weather you are displaying sculpture a fine print or original art the correct lighting will help transform how much your art can be appreciated as well as increasing the mood and atmosphere of your display area.
Many collectors prefer individual picture lights over each piece of artwork or photo and this is the style you will most often see in Museums and galleries. These fitting use small indiscreet bulbs and tubes that cost very little to run, many fittings have a reflective inside to push as much light as possible towards the picture and also reflect the light more evenly.
Picture lights come in a variety of sizes to suit most sizes of frames. They should be mounted in the middle of the frame so as to give a balance light distribution over your painting. Some have adjustable heads that can be moved to your required position. You may also wish to consider having your picture lights controlled by a dimmer switch so that you can increase or decrease the amount of light being output to your picture. As a rough guide to the correct size of picture light required we would suggest that you select a fitting that is half the width of the image that you wish to illuminate.
Picture lights will always work best when they are clean and bright this includes the bulbs, so always keep them at their best with a quick dusting. It may also be worth remembering to keep a spare bulb available just in case your prized piece of artwork goes dark just before guests are due to arrive and admire it. If you have a collection of art work, it is best to have all illuminated as picture lights dotted here and there can look a little out of place.